poverty

crawfordfund

Bread from stones- a conference on food security

25 - 28 August, 2013

The Crawford Fund is teaming up with the Africa-Australia Research Forum this August to examine ways in which poor and rural communities (particularly in developing countries) can be lifted out of poverty. The annual conference on food security will explore ways in which positive, sustainable outcomes may be gained from primary industries such as agriculture and mining.

Where: Perth, Australia (Various locations)
When: Sun 25 - Wed 28 August, 2013.
Cost: Dependent upon seminar/s attended.
For more information on registration and pricing click here.

Cambodian mothers

World Record Rug Attempt

26 October, 2012

Fair@Square, Australia's largest fair-trade and ethical festival, will attempt to break a world record this October as they line the banks of the Yarra River with multi-coloured, hand woven, recycled rugs.

However this attempt to break the longest line of such rugs has a bigger purpose; to raise awareness and funds for the women who have made the rugs. These women are mothers from Cambodia who are desperately trying to keep their children off the streets.

RMIT students will also be selling hand made cushions made from fair-trade cotton on the day, with the funds to also go towards Cambodian mothers.

Fair@Square attracts around 76, 000 people every year; this year, be one of them!

Where: Federation Square
When: 10:30am, Friday 26th of October, 2012
Click here for more information.

Dr Vandana Shiva

Dr Vandana Shiva - Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

3 November

Dr Vandana Shiva is an Indian physicist, noted environmentalist, eco-feminist and human rights activist. Vandana’s work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment. Governments worldwide seek her counsel on sustainable development as she offers solutions to critical problems posed by globalisation and climate change in poverty-stricken nations. Her latest book, Soil Not Oil, identifies the ecologically sound and socially just ways to protect a fragile planet.
Join Vandana before she accepts the 2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize, which will be awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation the following day. The evening will end with Aboriginal soprano Deborah Cheetham singing a tribute to peace and to Vandana.

Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.
Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25.
Click here to buy tickets.

Shopping trolley filled with reuseable bags and shopping

Why I feel lucky to be buying nothing new

Sunday, 3 October 2010

It's easy to feel smug when looking at the consumerist masses. But this challenge has also made me feel lucky and grateful for the opportunity to Buy Nothing New this month.

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